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WWII Japanese artillery shell found on Miyakojima

Date Posted: 2011-09-23

A 75mm Japanese artillery shell dating to World War II was discovered on a Miyakojima City school playground a few days ago, but authorities took care of the ordnance without incident.

The Japanese Imperial Army shell was found on the Hirara Dai-ichi Elementary School playground in Miyakojima by a student who dug it up, and then reported it to a teacher. Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces immediately responded, investigated, determined the shell did not have a fuse or gunpowder, and then removed it from the school property.

GSDF specialists put the playground off limits and conducted a magnetic survey to insure there were no other shells in the area. None were found. Miyakojima City Board of Education authorities speculate the shell was mixed in with dirt brought to the school when playground repair work was done in 2003. Officials say they canít trace where the dirt came from because they cannot contact the contractor who did the work.

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